This international programme is an intensive and comprehensive exploration of the history of audio-visual and moving picture media, from the early 1800s to the present day. It encourages you to explore a wide variety of media in historical, sociological, aesthetic and anthropological terms, by drawing on distinct intellectual traditions of our European partners presented by the European experts in the field.
This innovative and flexible programme uniquely combines our strengths and experience in postgraduate teaching with the European excellence offered through our exchange programme with leading universities in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands.
While abroad, your choice of modules will depend on the partner institution you attend. Each university has a specific strength and specialism, which should guide your choice of university as the year abroad aims to help you develop and deepen your particular film and media interests.
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This programme has rolling admission, but we encourage early applications.
Film, Television and Screen Media (European Pathway) (MA) (Full-time)
The programme consists of a combination of a core module, a choice of option modules, a research project and a dissertation. The core modules are designed to introduce you to the basic methodologies and issues involved in the area concerned, as well as research skills and methods. Option modules allow you to pursue specific interests and areas of research.
The research project gives you the chance to undertake independent research in the area of contemporary film and media practice and to reflect on research methodologies.
The structure of the European Pathway is as follows:
- Term 1 (at Birkbeck) - core module (30 credits) + first option module (30 credits)
- Term 2 (abroad at the first partner institution) - option modules (30 credits)
- Term 3 (at Birkbeck) - research project (30 credits)
- Term 1 (abroad at the second partner institution) - option modules (30 credits)
- Term 2 (at Birkbeck) - second option module (30 credits)
- Term 3 (at Birkbeck) - dissertation (60 credits)
Option modules (which may include)
You will also have an option to follow modules offered on the MA History of Art, MA History of Art with Photography, MA Museum Cultures and MA in Screenwriting as well as film and visual media modules offered at other colleges of the University of London (including King’s College, Goldsmiths, UCL, SOAS, Institute of Education and Royal Holloway) through the University of London Screen Studies Group.
Good honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. humanities, modern languages or social sciences).
Knowledge of at least 1 other European language at a level to allow you to follow postgraduate-level courses at our European partner institutions.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Full-time home/EU students: £
paFull-time overseas students: £
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Teaching and assessment
Lectures, screenings and seminars. Some modules include organised visits to archives and collections.
During your year at Birkbeck, you will be assessed by 3 coursework essays of approximately 5000 words each, a research report and a dissertation of 15,000 words, due in September of the final year.
During your year abroad, the assessment will depend on the institutions you attend. In most cases, the assessment will be a mixture of essays and examinations.